FORMER R.A.F. OFFICER KILLED
RIGHT TO COMPENSATION
.United Tress Association—By Electric Telegraph—Copyright. (Received August 11, noon.) LONDON, August 10. ■ Captain Rupert Savile, aged 45, a retired Royal Air Force officer, was killed, and his American wife wounded, though not seriously, by a rebel shell while they were cruising in the yacht Blue Shadow off Gijon, northern Spain. The British torpedo boat Comet came to the rescue and took off the passengers. Captain Savile put1 into Gijon for repairs after the yacht had grounded outside the harbour, but was warned that the rebel warship Almirante Cervera was approaching to resume her bombardment of the town. He again put to sea, but the warship mistook the Blue Shadow for a Government vessel and fired several times, registering a direct hit, necessitating the immediate abandonment of the yacht. The Almirante Cervera has already severely damaged the town and killed and wounded hundreds of people in a week's bombardment with eight-inch guns. The officer commanding the Almirante Cervera sent a wireless message expressing profound regret to the British Embassy. Hendaye reports state that the ship was apparently firing at anything it could see, and hit the Blue Shadow from a mile away. Captain Savile is the second English victim of the civil war, the first being Mr Fernander, Inspector for the Ford Company, who was shot in a street at Barcelona last month. PROTEST AND APOLOGY. The British Ambassador at Madrid has protested to the Spanish Government against the shelling of the Blue Shadow and reserves the right to claim compensation. The Spanish authorities have apologised for the rebels shelling the Blue Shadow. British authorities are disposed to think that the cruiser was unaware she had hit the yacht, the visibility being bad at the time. (British Official Wireless.) ; (Received August 11, noon.) RUGBY, August 10. The British Ambassador to Spain has sent a message to the officer commanding the Spanish cruiser Almirante Cervera, a shell from which yesterday at Gijon struck the 54-ton yacht Blue Shadow, belonging to a British subject, Captain Rupert Savile, killing him. and severely wounding his wife. Sir Henry Chilton protests strongly against the action of the cruiser, and draws attention to the fact that the Blue Shadow was flying the Blue Ensign. Pending instructions from his Government, the Ambassador reserves the right to claim compensation. It is reported from St. Jean de Luz, where Mrs. Savile is in hospital, that her condition is satisfactory, and her recovery is expected. She was wounded in both legs by shrapnel. Another Press message states that the Spanish authorities have tendered an expression of their sincerest regrets to the commander of H.M.S. Comet on the death of Captain Savile and the wounding of his wife, although the Almirante Cervera, from which the shell was fired, is a ship which deserted to the insurgents.
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BRITISH YACHT, Evening Post, Volume CXXII, Issue 36, 11 August 1936
BRITISH YACHT Evening Post, Volume CXXII, Issue 36, 11 August 1936
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